Khalil said, "We just want to keep it as is, steady lang, low-key. We go out. We're very happy with each other's company. We're dating. We know each other very well and matagal ko na siyang kilala."
Incidentally, Gabbi also used the word "low-key" to describe her current relationship with Khalil.
"Ako po, from my experience, I wanna protect this one. I want to keep it private and low-key," said the GMA-7 actress in a recent interview with PEP.ph during her taping for Pamilya Roces.
Did Khalil want to bring Gabbi as his date to the ABS-CBN Ball?
"We talked about it. It crossed our mind lang na, 'Punta kaya tayo sa Ball?' Pero nung inisip namin na talagang bawal, kasi conflict talaga. We didn't try na kasi ABS-CBN Ball, at hindi naman siya ABS-CBN," he said about the Kapuso actress.
He pointed out that Gabbi would have felt welcome if she did attend the grand event that was held on September 29 at the Shangri-La Hotel in Makati.
"Masaya naman yung event na 'yon. Marami rin naman siyang friends from this network. Who knows... [maybe] in the future."
The Real Score
What does Khalil like most about Gabbi?
"Even though she's 19, turning 20, she's very mature. She has a very strong personality and [is a] very independent person. Same kami ng wavelength, I guess, kaya kami nag-click," said the Kapamilya actor.
Khalil then recalled how he and Gabbi first met three years ago.
They were introduced to each other during Julia Barretto's 18th birthday party in March 2015.
"We met through common friends. Funny story nga, kasi first time naming mag-meet sa birthday ni Julia. Pinakilala kami ni Kathryn [Bernardo] to each other."
What is the real score betwen them now?
"We're dating, exclusively dating."
Does he consider Gabbi to be his girlfriend already?
"Wala pa yung gan'ung label. Nothing super serious but I get along with her family well. Very good vibes."
Has he already met her parents?
"Yes. Okay naman. Parang same upbringing kaya medyo relatable yung lives namin. Ang bait-bait nina Tito Vince at Tita Tess, very welcoming sa akin."
Has he introduced Gabbi to his parents as well?
"Yes. Masaya rin sila. Si Mommy, gandang-ganda kay Gab. Jive sila sa mga girly stuff, mga designer clothes."